Indigo Insights

Thursday, January 13, 2005
Stories of Hope
Compiled by Holly Lebowitz Rossi

BeliefNet has started a daily blog featuring news of survival, generosity, and the strength of the human spirit in the wake of the tsunami disaster. Some excerpts:

Tax Relief for Tsunami Relief
January 10, 2005 11:00 a.m.
Congress, pleased with the high number of people who are contributing to the tsunami relief effort and hoping to encourage others to give, has voted to extend the deadline for deducting charitable donations. Under the bill, which passed January 6 and is expected to be signed by President Bush imminently, people who donate to tsunami relief charities before January 31 will be able to deduct their donation from their 2004 taxes. Otherwise, people would have to wait until they file their 2005 tax returns to get the deduction.

January 11, 2005 4:15 p.m.
Buddhists in British Columbia have sold their temple in order to donate more money to the tsunami relief effort in Asia. The Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation's temple in Mission, which is near Vancouver, donated $405,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, the entire proceeds from the sale of the building.